Minister for Resources, Water and the Northern Australia Keith Pitt today welcomed the first release of a portal designed to make Murray–Darling Basin water information accessible to communities and water users.
“Communities want greater transparency and access to better information about water storages, flows and trade,” Minister Pitt said.
“The Australian Government committed to work with Basin states to develop a single source water information platform through the Murray–Darling Communities Investment Package announced last September.
“We brought together the work we were doing in partnership with New South Wales and Queensland, to improve northern Basin information through the Enhanced Water Monitoring and Information Program, with the single source platform work which is also being developed in collaboration with the states.
“This first version of the Murray–Darling Basin Water Information Portal has been released by the Bureau of Meteorology and now we need user feedback so we can improve the portal over the next three years.
“It’s important that the people who use the portal have a say about the sort of information it includes and how that information is presented.
“This first version is a starting point for people to comment on – it’s important to get that feedback direct from communities rather than have a bunch of people in Canberra develop it in isolation.
“The portal provides information on available water, allocation volumes, water use, water trade and prices, environmental water and weather.
“It also provides a directory to other resources hosted by other state and federal agencies for those seeking more detailed information.
“The Bureau of Meteorology will keep developing the portal – based on user feedback – and will work with Basin state agencies and the Murray–Darling Basin Authority to collate additional data as required to meet user needs,” Minister Pitt said.
The Water Information Portal can be accessed and commented on at: www.bom.gov.au/mdbwip
The Bureau of Meteorology, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Basin state governments (Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT), have developed the Murray-Darling Basin Water Information Portal.